POSTMODERNISM & SYNCRETISM

"La Condition Postmoderne" 1979, Jean Francoise Lyotard - "Where the expert knows what he knows and what he doesn't know, the philosopher knows neither, but poses questions." In the light of this ambiguity, Lyotard states that his portrayal of the state of knowledge "makes no claims to being original or even true" and that his hypothesis  "should not be accorded predictive value in relation to reality, but strategic value in relation to the question raised (Lyotard 1984, 7)

In Jean Baudrillards "Hyperreality and Simulation", "The real and the imaginary heve been absorbed into the Symbolic." It is pure simulacrum where simulation simulates itself.

Perniola's concept of transit into the space of difference is one in "Art" in the sense of artifice or technique, and is not arrived at synthesis or unification of opposing elements- (Perniola 2001, 81).

It is not as a doctrinaire subscription to the Postmodern Movement in Philosophy, Architecture, Literature, and Art, That drove this artist to start employing "fragmentation", (deconstruction?), in his works during the 70's and 80's, but because of what he termed "logical conclusion" arrived at independently of "Postmodernism". Following the course of Modenism's dualistic tendencies in Abstraction: namely, the geometric (Constructivist) and  the organic ( Expressionist), on one hand, and the Conceptualist ( Duchampian Aesthetics) on the other, all rejecting art historical styles other than those in pursuit of novel and pioneering practices to where no man has ever gone before - like a walk on the Moon - all in the name of Modernism. Syncretism's non-linear progressions, fragmentary compositions, Post-Colonial-Socio-Political content, inter-diciplinarary methods, multiple techniques and polystyles are all part of the alternatively divergent path this artist took which may be contemporaneously linked with the Postmodern Movement.

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